Life in the Slow Lane

Jay and Stephanie Selfie in SMASeeing takes time.

-Georgia O’Keefe.

Dear Friends,

On January 1st of this year, my husband Jay and I left our home in Concord, Massachusetts to spend six months in the mystical, magical town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Yes, we rented out our home, uploaded books on tape, got in the car, and drove 3,000 miles to our home south of the border; to a place where we could dial it (way) down and watch what happens when we unplug from life as usual.

And what a big reveal it has been! From boot camp opportunities in letting go to mind-bending encounters with nature, beauty, and art, the days have been as diverse and varied as the cloud formations at evening sunset.

In the last three months we’ve guzzled enough sunshine to last another ten years. We’ve witnessed up close the murmurations of birds and watched our flower garden go from zero to exuberant. We met Yan Martel (Life of Pi) and watched master poet David Whyte lift an entire audience with his mesmerizing wordplay. We spent a day walking the mineral-paved roads of a 16th century ghost town and getting naturally high on energies there.

We steeped in the melodies played live on a 1720 Stradivarius (aka The Red Violin) and listened to Latin jazz in an old hacienda space with 20-foot ceilings. We’ve hung out with old friends and new ones. We’ve engaged in a favorite ritual of waving goodnight to the sun as it eases like clockwork below the horizon. We call it “the show.”

We had some days with no internet and some with no electricity (which also means no internet). Some days seem to go forever, and others pass in the blink of an eye. Such is life in the slow lane.

Hot Air BalloonIf you think you have to move to San Miguel to have your mind bent in a million different ways, think again.

If you can find a way to slow down, simplify, and allow the queasy discomfort of not knowing (what’s going to happen next) to arise without giving it any importance, I would wager that you too would have some pretty jaw-dropping experiences of your own, wherever you are.

As Wayne Dyer once said: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Keep scrolling if you could use a little nudge in the slow down (simplify, sense, surrender, and self-care) department. There is something here for everyone.

Wishing you a spring of magic revealings.

Happy clearing!


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